myrtle

Definitions

  • The disguised princess speaks to the boy in the myrtle thicket
    The disguised princess speaks to the boy in the myrtle thicket
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n myrtle widely cultivated as a groundcover for its dark green shiny leaves and usually blue-violet flowers
    • n myrtle any evergreen shrub or tree of the genus Myrtus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Myrtle mẽr"t'l (Bot) A species of the genus Myrtus, especially Myrtus communis. The common myrtle has a shrubby, upright stem, eight or ten feet high. Its branches form a close, full head, thickly covered with ovate or lanceolate evergreen leaves. It has solitary axillary white or rosy flowers, followed by black several-seeded berries. The ancients considered it sacred to Venus. The flowers, leaves, and berries are used variously in perfumery and as a condiment, and the beautifully mottled wood is used in turning.☞ The name is also popularly but wrongly applied in America to two creeping plants, the blue-flowered periwinkle and the yellow-flowered moneywort. In the West Indies several myrtaceous shrubs are called myrtle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n myrtle A plant of the genus Myrtus, primarily M. communis, the classic and favorite common myrtle. It is a bush or small tree with shining evergreen leaves and fragrant white flowers, common in the Mediterranean region. In ancient times it was sacred to Venus, and its leaves formed wreaths for bloodless victors; it was also a symbol of civil authority. It is used in modern times for bridal wreaths. The plant is an unimportant astringent. Its aromatic berries have been used to flavor wine and in cookery. Its flowers, as also its leaves, afford perfumes, the latter used in sachets, etc. Its hard mottled wood is prized in turnery. M. Lumal and M. Meli in Chili furnish valuable hard timber. M. Nummularia, the cranberry-myrtle, is a little trailing vine with edible berries, found from Chili southward.
    • n myrtle A name of various similar plants of other genera of the myrtle family (Myrtaceæ), and of other families, many unrelated.
    • n myrtle A broad-leafed variety of the true myrtle.
    • n myrtle The sweet-gale, Myrica Gale.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Myrtle mėr′tl an evergreen shrub with beautiful and fragrant leaves
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. myrtil, bilberry, prop., a little myrtle, from myrte, myrtle, L. myrtus, murtus, Gr. my`rtos; cf. Per. mūrd,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. myrtil, dim. of myrte—L. and Gr. myrtus.

Usage

In literature:

While most of our fruits belong to the rose family, those of the Amazon come from the myrtle tribe.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
I shall not enter Germany as a wooer, but as a soldier, and I do not desire to seek myrtle-crowns, but laurels!
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
This grove was planted with myrtles, so thick and high that they afforded a pleasant shade.
"The Fairy Book" by Dinah Maria Mulock (AKA Miss Mulock)
And there is a myrtle in the window.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
Her name, she says, is Myrtle Hazard, but I call her Rip Van Myrtle.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 118, August, 1887" by Various
Say, what do you mean by those who vaunt themselves of myrtle and laurel?
"The Heroic Enthusiasts,(1 of 2) (Gli Eroici Furori)" by Giordano Bruno
I do not, even now, know just what arguments Tish used with Myrtle.
"More Tish" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Is it where the flower of the orange blows, And the fireflies dance through the myrtle boughs?
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
But I reckon, if you're goin' to t'Myrtles, you know the gentleman.
"Ambrotox and Limping Dick" by Oliver Fleming
It was a wedding dress, and there was a veil with it, and a wreath of myrtle.
"Hunter's Marjory" by Margaret Bruce Clarke
The myrtle family, the members of which are all tropical or sub-tropical, gives name to the order.
"Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany" by Douglas Houghton Campbell
I won't go, because Myrtle served a regular spread at four.
"Gigolo" by Edna Ferber
But mostly he did heads of Myrtle, and figure stuff.
"Torchy As A Pa" by Sewell Ford
The sweet gale, or Dutch myrtle, grows in moorland fens.
"Two Decades" by Frances W. Graham and Georgeanna M. Gardenier
Meantime a coiled ladder watched out the sun from a myrtle thicket, of which and its works came their happy nights.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
Thence the myrtle forests of Tepic are penetrated.
"Mexico" by Charles Reginald Enock
He had a few of the lovely snowdrops and a sprig of the dark myrtle in his hand.
"Christie's Old Organ" by Mrs. O. F. Walton
There were also my old friends the myrtles scattered about among the other trees.
"Byeways in Palestine" by James Finn
The burns bubbled merrily among the long grasses and the bracken, the myrtle cast a sharp and tonic sweetness all around.
"Gilian The Dreamer" by Neil Munro
Another was the morbid effect which the fall of Lieutenant Myrtle had upon his mind.
"Danger! and Other Stories" by Arthur Conan Doyle
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In poetry:

To see the drunkard smile in state,
In purple wrapt, with myrtle crowned,
While Jesus lieth at the gate
With only rags to wrap him round.
"Charity" by Victor Marie Hugo
The Queen partakes the silent joy,
While louder notes her praise employ;
And censers send a sweet perfume,
And her own myrtles fairer bloom.
"Love And Wisdom: A Vision" by Robert Alves
Which Venus hearing, thither came,
And for their boldness stripped them,
And, taking thence from each his flame,
With rods of myrtle whipped them.
"The Bag Of The Bee" by Robert Herrick
We pray thee, Love, our souls to steep
In dreams wherein thy myrtle flowereth;
So when the rose leaves shiver, feeling Death
Pass by, we may remain asleep:
"Love" by Victor James Daley
What does youth know of love?
Little enough, I trow!
He plucks the myrtle for his brow,
For his forehead the rose.
Nay, but of love
It is not youth who knows.
"Youth and Love" by Amy Levy
Say, if she's fretful, I have bands
Of pearl and gold, to bind her hands;
Tell her, if she struggle still,
I have myrtle rods at will,
For to tame, though not to kill.
"To The Rose: Song" by Robert Herrick

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The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports the coastal black bear season starts Saturday for 30 hunters in Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties.
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Myrtle Beach police are responding to a wreck at 48th Avenue North and North Kings Highway, according to scanner traffic.
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